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County authorizes grant application for shelter By Ian Wissinger

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The Cambria County Board of Commissioners approved a number of resolutions, agreements, contracts and personnel decisions during its Thursday, July 11 meeting, the most notable action also serving as the morning’s first order of business. Officials authorized the filing of an application for a $150,000 grant, as awarded through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant program, so that the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority can develop a new homeless shelter in the Johnstown area. Authority director Larry Custer said that the new facility could serve anywhere from 10 to 15 individuals at one time, providing lodging and basic needs while helping clients get back on their feet. The board also gave the green light to the Cambria Somerset Authority to take steps to investigate and initiate refinancing of CSA bonds with the mutual guarantee of Cambria and Somerset counties. A separate motion, involving a purchase agreement between the Cambria County Juvenile Detention Center and Westmoreland County, effective for one fiscal year in the amount of $225 per day, also garnered board support. Under contracts, the commissioners accepted a number of written agreements for Cambria County’s Children and Youth, Area Agency on Aging and Drug and Alcohol departments. The following providers will lend

their services to CYS if necessary in the 2013-14 fiscal year: Shippensville Project Point of Lights, Inc., The Care Center of Indiana County, Nulton Diagnostics & Treatment Center, Pathways Adolescent Center, Independent Family Services, Alternative Living Solutions and Professional Family Care Services, Inc. Likewise, the following parties will work with the county’s AAA in the coming year if called upon: National Council on Aging, Medicaid Waiver Grant, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers, Charles L. and Mary Davis, Interim Health Care, Rotary Club of Portage, Nutrition, Inc., Home Nursing Agency Community Services and Home Nursing SEE SHELTER, PAGE 12A

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The Cambria Township Summerfest, held this past Sunday and hosted by the Revloc Volunteer Fire Company, saw over 120 drivers bring out their cars, jeeps, motorcycles, and more. Many, like these two sunny rides, were classics, and were sure contenders for trophies during the event. Photo by Justin Eger.









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As the summer stretches on, Loretto Borough Council has committed itself to three projects, two of which gained ground on the evening of Monday, July 8, when officials last met. While the borough plans to embark on a waterline project that primarily involves Manor Drive and extends up to the Carmelite monastery above Saint Francis University, recent weather trends have made this endeavor difficult and hindered construction. Mayor Dave Eckenrode said that a dry two or three weeks would be needed for contractor LB Water to make steady progress on the project. Council did, however, acknowledge that it was moving ahead on

borough building renovations. Two months ago, officials said that two upstairs rooms had been fitted with new windows, insulation, ceilings and carpets. Most of this work was completed by Hoover Construction, at a $6,900 cost. The borough’s police department and water office relocated to these rooms, moving from across the hall, and the two former offices saw additional touch-up work from Hoover, a $3,700 bid. To finalize the upstairs, Loretto need only order new carpeting for the two older office rooms, which council said it would move to accomplish for next month. Additionally, council has sought to update the building’s exterior, including its siding, roofing and front porch. The building is in the midst of a trans-


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formation of sorts, having welcomed a cement handicappedaccessible ramp to its rear entrance last year. Presently, officials specified what style and type of siding they desired for the project, and discussed contracting a local individual for handling front entrance work. If a single bid falls under $10,000 – which this one should – officials can award a contract without seeking others. The project will be covered in part through Loretto’s capital improvement fund. The third project that will soon see attention involves St. Elizabeth Street, a borough roadway in need of a fresh and even coat of asphalt. Last Monday, council opened four bids for the project, which covers from the intersection at St. Peter Street to

Syberton Road. Officials initially estimated that the project would cost somewhere in the $35,000 to $37,000 range, and expressed favor upon reading the low bid, a $31,089 quote from Grannas Brothers. Loretto currently has $13,000 in county aid money that it can dedicate to this paving project, and will handle the difference through its municipal fund. Before adjourning for the evening, Mayor Dave Eckenrode read the previous month’s police report, and noted that the borough’s department had handled 10 incidents in June (36 for the year), one criminal offense (thus far the only one in 2013), 0 DUIs, 0 vehicle accidents, 0 assists to other departments (two for the year), 0 hearings (one for the year), 0 alarms and 0 parking tickets.

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While there have been a number of rumors surrounding future use of the former State Correctional Institution at Cresson, few have been spoken about publicly. However, following on the heels of subtle inquiries made to the Cresson Township Municipal Authority and its contracted engineers, a represen-

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Flanked by fellow councilors and borough employees, and joined by representatives of Cambria County, Gallitzin Borough Council President Roger Renninger explained the short but at times tumultuous history of the sidewalk he stood on at the corner of Main and Locust Streets. Last year, the borough pursued development of 465 feet of sidewalks that ran from that point up to Walnut Street, the first in a multiphase project that council members hope will help revitalize the borough’s downtown area. On the evening of July 10, Renninger noted that the borough had originally received $121,000 from the county’s own Transportation Enhancement Program. However, as the project

progressed, and engineering fees came in higher than had originally been anticipated, the borough reached out to the county in the hopes of getting some assistance to complete the project. “We want to turn Main Street, not into what it used to be, but into something better than it used to be,� Renninger said of the project and other improvements in the area. “We worked together on it,� said Cambria County Commissioner Tom Chernisky, who was joined by the county’s grant facilitator, John Dubnansky, as the participants celebrated the project. “I met Roger at an association meeting in Northern Cambria, and he approached me about making it happen, and I took it up with John.� Through Dubnansky, the county contacted PennDOT District 9 and

developed a solution, using unspent money from another project to bolster Gallitzin’s investment. Dubnansky drafted a request for this funding, totaling $50,000, and presented it to the Cambria Metropolitan Planning Organization, who approved the idea. From there, the borough was able to set to work and develop the new sidewalks and ADA accessible curb ramps at each intersection. However, councilors were quick to point out that they were not the only ones involved. “There’s been a great private investment on the part of some of our downtown businesses,� Renninger shared. “The Dollar General Store put in a new sidewalk, and the Moose Lodge did the same. They’re really getting involved and taking pride in their community.� Despite the success of the proj-


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Ebensburg Borough pledges to better maintain fire hydrants

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Maintenance plan will be considered in next year’s budget

By Ian Wissinger

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Talks between the Ebensburg Municipal Authority, borough staff and engineering firm L.R. Kimball have led the board to conclude that it should conduct water hydrant flushing on an annual basis and institute a formal hydrant maintenance program, an item which will receive attention when drawing up next year’s budget. This suggestion was corroborated by opinions from the American Water Works Association and other professional organizations, borough manager Dan Penatzer said. “An annual flushing program will ensure that hydrant valves are operating, remove sediment, maintain effective chlorine levels, eliminate taste and odor problems and control bacteria,� Penatzer told the authority on the afternoon of Monday, July

15. “The benefits far outweigh the negatives.� The process, explained in the authority’s agenda, involves flushing of borough hydrants in a coordinated way, as opposed to the random testing conducted by staff in the past. Flushing will begin at each source before moving outward, and done at a maximum pressure so as to scour all pipes. Such a maintenance program would also involve exercising all water system valves (all of which have been updated this past year, on account of Ebensburg’s capital water project), flow testing the hydrants and even painting and physically maintaining the fixtures, found along a number of street sides and on corners. Penatzer admitted that Ebensburg has not

recently kept up with its hydrants, and that some may need serviced and even repaired. “Our hydrant maintenance has been lacking,� he said. Despite this, the borough and Dauntless Fire Company maintain that each source remains in good shape, function-wise. “While we know that our fire hydrants are all considered ‘good,’ we do not know what the actual flow rate is from each,� Penatzer said. “That should be determined and provided to the fire department.� The authority agreed that public information will constitute an important part of the flushing and maintenance program. “We have to tell the people what we’re doing; it’s [inevitably] going to affect everybody,� board member Doug

Tusing said. Penatzer added that he planned on sending out mailers and packets with the bimonthly water bill. “It’s not going to be just an Aframe sign saying ‘hydrant flushing,’� the borough manager said. Nevertheless, the program still has yet to receive borough council approval, since Monday marked its first mention; it cannot be implemented until next spring, given associated costs that need to be figured into the municipal budget. In other news, the authority discussed its leasing of 21 acres of property to a private owner, Ken Byrne, for agricultural purposes. In the past four decades, Byrne’s family had farmed this land for the authority, designated as part of Ebensburg’s timber reserves, with-

out any formal agreement or payment. The borough’s timber management plan was last updated in 1988. Presently, the board agreed to allow Byrne to continue operations on this land, at an annual lease fee of $15 per acre. As Tusing summarized, “You shouldn’t have somebody using your property without a [formal] arrangement.� As a final note, the authority recommended that its solicitor, Jim Stratton, take a look at the agreement to make sure that it contains language limiting pesticide and herbicide use on the property, given its close proximity to the borough reservoir. “We haven’t had a problem in 40 years,� Tusing said, “but it wouldn’t hurt.�






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Ebensburg Municipal authority: Project finish line in sight

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The Ebensburg Municipal Authority has seen steady progress on its capital water project, which benefits not only residents and customers, but borough staff as well through the implementation of new technologies and facility upgrades. With word that two of its four main contractors have pledged to finish their work by month’s end, the authority announced that it would like to host its next public meeting, Monday, Aug. 19, at the Ebensburg water treatment plant, as a means of highlighting improvements to the building and its premises. The board heard a report from its engineer, Cameron Mock, on what to expect in the meantime. Though the first phase of the

project, which involved the replacement of most water lines and valves in the Ebensburg system, reached substantial completion nearly two months ago, the authority performed a follow-up inspection and found a number of items which it felt needed addressed. This punch list was forwarded onto contractor Mortimer’s Excavating, which as of Monday, July 15, has still yet to perform all of the named actions. The contractor did reply to the authority’s request in early June by submitting a list of proposed change orders, some of which Ebensburg chose to reject. Meanwhile, at the water treatment plant, contractor Hickes Associates has gained necessary planning materials needed to finish the facility’s new elevated water tank, an item that hit a

snag due to late submission of design paperwork, something that Hickes did not claim responsibility for (this facet of the project was subcontracted to Mid Atlantic). The generator for the tank began operations on the same day as the authority’s meeting, this past Monday. Public works chairman Dave Dodson said that dissolved air flotation clarifier start-up and training will begin on Monday, July 22 and continue through the week, as the DAF clarifier building has reached completion. With aeration room lining and electrical work scheduled to wrap up this week, the contractor is aiming for a finish date of July 29. During this home stretch, supervisory control and data acquisition system contractor Cambria Systems will connect plant equipment to its

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already installed interface. Finally, Dodson said that borough staff has continued with its conversion of the existing meter system to a radio-read format, and acknowledged a few difficulties encountered along the way. For example, some of the new meters have recorded the correct data, but processed it incorrectly, leading to faulty water bills that were caught at the last minute by a borough secretary. The current water bill has not been mailed yet, borough manager Dan Penatzer said, but should get to borough residents and customers soon (accurate numbers and figures included), since it includes an important pamphlet that addresses upcoming authority projects and billing changes. In handling payments and invoices for the month, the

authority approved separate requests to Hickes in the amount of $118,498 and to L.B. Water Service (which provided the radio-read meters) in the amount of $56,750. Since Ebensburg has used 80 percent of its PENNVEST loan, the state has said that it will hold the remainder of this sum until the borough pays its share of the capital water project. “In the interim, project expenses are paid from the project reserve, and will later be reimbursed by PENNVEST,� Mock explained in his report. The sum of the above two payments, plus monthly engineering fees, will be paid without any trouble, since Ebensburg has steadily accrued a project reserve through the past two years, collecting money through increased water rates that were adjusted at the project’s outset.

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Jackson Heritage Festival’s weekend fun begin Friday night

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The 10th annual Jackson Heritage Festival begins tomorrow evening with a cruise-in and music by the Johnstown Classic Rockers. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park, Vinco (along Adams Avenue, just off Route 271. Registration for the cruisein starts at 4:30 p.m., and the first 75 vehicles receive a dash plaque. All booths will be open for the festival’s opening evening, and Spider-Man and Jerry Brown the Monkey Man will stroll the grounds. The festival will continue on Saturday (from noon to 11 p.m.) and Sunday (from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Jackson Township manager Dave Hirko is incredulous that the festival is concluding its first decade and can’t quite put his finger on what to attribute the event’s longevity and success. “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already,� he said. “I don’t know if there’s a secret or not, but what we do is offer great entertainment and a wide range of activities and special events in a family-friendly atmos-

phere.� Hirko notes that the festival is affordable and benefits from word-of-mouth advertising. “It’s definitely affordable, and there is no admission fee or charge for parking,� the manager said. “I think we just consistently provide a great festival and are constantly trying to improve on it and make it better each year. Although we do a lot of advertising and promotion, our best advertising is word of mouth from people who attend our festival each year and tell others about it.� Although toe-tapping, dance-inspiring music has been a calling card of the festival since its inception — seven acts will entertain festival-goers during the event — more than 20 food vendors offer menus to tempt any and every palate. “There are traditional offerings such as hot sausage, hamburgers, and hot dogs, and we have ethnic foods such as halushki, stuffed cabbage, and pierogies,� Hirko said. “For those with a sweet tooth, there are homemade cinnamon rolls, pies, gobs, funnel cakes, fudge and chocolates — to name a few.�


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And what about those incorrigible snackers — and those with a taste for the esoteric? “If you feel like snacking, there’s kettle corn, soft pretzels, snow cones, ice cream, and more,� Hirko continued. “Some more unusual offerings include a donut sandwich or the potatomelt sandwich! To wash all that down there's homemade root beer, fresh squeezed lemonade, or fruit smoothies.� The festival also features a variety of vendors and craft booths. “We will have a full park of booths offering with something for everyone,� Hirko said. “Crafts include floral, wood, cloth, crocheted, signs, candles, clothing, gourmet food, coffee, and more. In addition, there will be many booths geared for children including games, face painting, a hula hoop contest and paintball.� More than 100 vendors will show their wares during the heritage festival. Hirko also pointed out that the festival will feature several new additions. “Appearing for the first time this year will be SpiderMan, who will be at the festival from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and the Masters Puppets

will be doing two puppet shows on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.,� he said. “In the Heritage Festival Parade on Saturday at 1 p.m. will be the popular Jaffa Shriners Lil’ Vettes. There are also lots of new vendors and activities for everyone to check out,� Hirko concluded. The festival also has a hometown feel as 14 or so church and community groups set up booths to raise either funds for or awareness of their organizations. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company is among these groups. The volunteers will have a beer and beverage tent and a basket party at the festival. In addition, the fire company will hold the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run on Saturday. Other community groups provide activities for children and other festivalgoers. As the start of the Jackson Heritage Festival looms, Hirko extends an invitation to all: “I would just like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy the festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary — and don’t forget to invite your family and friends!�

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edly believe that is where the majority of our problem lies,� he said. “There’s too much unregistered water going through,� said Farrell, saying that water is getting through, but not at enough pressure to turn the valve though sufficient pressure for the house. Cyga said that two pit meters were installed so far, with the authority planning to have five installed in all - all on the Barnesboro side of the system. These will then monitor the approximately 1,300 customers on the Barnesboro side. Authority engineer John

Clabaugh said that the pit meters will be a pointer, to help direct the authority to potential problems. By knowing that there is an unusually high flow in a certain section of the system, the authority can then look more closely at the main line in that area, listen to hydrants, etc., to locate the source of the issue. Cyga said the software for downloading the information from the pit meters should be installed at the office the week following the meeting. The board gave Cyga the go ahead to move forward on the installation of the third pit meter.

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A July 2 robbery at First Commonwealth Bank in Cherry Tree was the starting point for a lengthy discussion on the police force in the small Indiana County Borough. The armed robber entered the bank at 11:05 a.m., showed what witnesses say was a small caliber handgun, and demanded money. He escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The white male, about five-feet, fourinches to five-feet, eight-inches tall, with a slender build, wore a green camo jacket, gray camo pants, a baseball cap and tennis shoes. He had a hood pulled over his face. As Cherry Tree Borough Council rehashed the details of the robbery during its July 9 meeting, one council member suggested the police department add another officer to the force during the daytime hours. The majority of council agreed that the police need to present more of a “presence� in the borough. However, the cold, hard truth is a limited budget doesn’t provide the borough with many choices. As it stands now, the borough’s two officers each have other fulltime jobs. “No one can afford a regular police force,� council president Lisa Harbaugh said. “All (the officers) need a regular job (in order) to live.� Mayor Scott Fye, once an officer in the borough, asked council to hold off on any changes to the police force until he has time to revamp the department. Council agreed to wait until Fye got back to them with his ideas. The borough’s Chief of Police Mike Rummel and Officer Neil Stuchell, both present at the July meeting, asked council to remind Cherry Tree residents that if they have a need for the police, call 911. The department also wanted to get the word out about an incident SEE POLICE, PAGE 15A


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Br. Shamus Shuffle to benefit DDC

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bicyclists, runners, and walkers all welcome Anyone who has ever had even the slightest interaction with Brother Shamus McGrenra, T.O.R., director of international admissions at Saint Francis University, knows how unforgettable the man is. Just a few shared moments with Brother Shamus will likely have you in stitches, as his sense of humor is infectious. So too is his dedication to the Franciscan ideal of offering assistance to the poor and needy. Indeed, when Brother Shamus found the means to combine that ideal with his love of bicycling, setting up a charity ride to benefit the Dorothy Day Center in Loretto, he was able to combine his two passions and do Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good work out on the road. As regular readers may recall, Brother Shamus was able to raise more than $34,000 for the Dorothy Day Center in his rides over the last two years. While initially bowled over by the amount he was able to raise for the DDC, and in turn for economically disadvantaged families in Blair, Bedford, Cambria, and Somerset counties, Brother Shamus was not one to shy away from a challenge, and had his sights set on a bike ride that would net the DDC $25,000 this year as he crossed five states. Unfortunately, Brother Shamus was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, and while he still had every intention of completing his ride, not wanting to leave the families supported by the DDC in the lurch, his doctors recommended immediate treatment. As such, while Brother Shamus focuses his energies on getting better, his friends in the Saint Francis University community will pick up the slack and partake in their own charity event, dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shamus Shuffle,â&#x20AC;? with an eye toward donating the proceeds of the

event to the Dorothy Day Center in Brother Shamusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; honor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brother Shamus is well known on the University campus and in the surrounding communities,â&#x20AC;? shared Melita O'Donnell, one of the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organizers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His enthusiasm for life is endless and he loves the university. On daily basis, you can hear him coming through the halls greeting everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hello Brother, Hello Sister.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brother Shamus is such a great person, and he was trying to raise money for the Dorothy Day Center, and we are trying to help.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brother Shamus has made such a difference in the lives of others, and the university community is embracing his mission and wants to continue the journey to help those in need,â&#x20AC;? agreed fellow organizer Chris Baughman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shamus Shuffle also represents the Franciscan values that Brother Shamus strives to live every day through his kindness, caring and generosity.â&#x20AC;? Planned for Saturday, Aug. 24, the Shamus Shuffle will begin at the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg at the Memorial Field Pavilion. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Bicycle riders, runners, and walkers are all welcome to participate and will depart at 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively. There is no minimum distance to travel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; come and travel as far as you like. The registration fee is $20 and registrants will receive a T-shirt, refreshments, and personal satisfaction of helping a good person and worthwhile cause, one that, interestingly enough, university folks had already been planning to share in with Brother Shamus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Committee at Saint Francis University organizes events for employees, and for the past two years, the committee has discussed holding a bike ride on the Ghost Town Trail,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell 0*/  0% #0'(2

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explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, the committee decided to plan the event the same week that Brother Shamus was scheduled to complete his annual bike ride.â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Originally, the bike ride was just going to be for Saint Francis University employees to get together as a group, ride the trail, have fun, and show our support for Brother Shamus. When we heard the news about Brother Shamusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health, the Social Committee decided to open the event to the public and solicit donations. One of the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Franciscan goals is to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Provide Service to the Poor and Needy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; so this is a great opportunity for the community to embrace this goal because donations to the Dorothy Day Center are returned to those in our communities who need help.â&#x20AC;? For his part, Brother Shamus shared that he was humbled by all the attention, but wanted to make sure that everyone remained focused on why he started the bike ride in the first place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very blessed, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never miss a meal in my life, but there are plenty of people who will,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was my first thought, for all the poor people in the area who rely on the Dorothy Day Center.â&#x20AC;? Undaunted even has he undergoes treatment, Shamus thanked his friends at the university for assisting the DDC in this manner, and doing so in his honor. He added that his experineces will also be used to educate others. On July 27, during SFUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alumni weekend, not only will the university be collecting donations for the DDC, information about cancer and early screenings will also be made available. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling better, maybe in September or October, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go ahead with the original plan, and ride across five states,â&#x20AC;? Brother Shamus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait until I get back to normal ... if there is sucha thing as normal for Brother Shamus!â&#x20AC;? For more information about the shuffle or to register, visit or call 814-472-3004 or 814-4723150. To receive a T-shirt, please register by July 29. If you are unable to shuffle, but still would like to donate to this cause, please visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come out, have fun, enjoy the day, and help us support our brothers and sisters in need,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell prompted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a chance to exercise, share fellowship, and make a difference in the lives of others.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And,â&#x20AC;? added Baughman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring a canned good to help stock the shelves at the Dorothy Day Center.â&#x20AC;?


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Nanty Glo authority receives clean audit

Thursday, July 18, 2013

By Jim Lauffer

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The Nanty Glo Sewer Authority received a clean bill of health for the audit of its 2012 financial documents. Kotzan Certified Public Accountants & Associates of Johnstown conducted the audit and issued a report that contained no findings. The audit lists total assets of $6.85 million

Mainline Extra and total liabilities of $4.8 million for a total net amount of a bit more than $2 million. The authority will publish a condensed statement of the audit and the full audit will be available at the authority’s office during regular business hours. Secretary Melissa Weekes gave authority members a summary of the audit at their Wednesday, July 10, meeting.

Engineer Joel Romagna of Stiffler, McGraw Associates Inc., Hollidaysburg, told authority members that a certificate of substantial complete had been issued on June 25 for the fan-press project at the wastewater treatment plant and that the contractor, BCS Construction Inc., would address the items on the project’s final punch list during the week of July 15. Romagna added that a


five percent of the project’s total cost would be held as a retainer until the contractor completed the punch list. The engineer added that BCS Construction had submitted an estimated cost of $67,066 to erect a steel roof over the plant’s sludge-collection dumpster. The total cost after permit fees, design fees, contingency fees, SEE AUTHORITY, PAGE 15A



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Right now, though, CGL is doing its â&#x20AC;&#x153;due diligence,â&#x20AC;? the representative said, finding out what the facility needs in the way of infrastructure improvements and facilities management. As such, Murphree wanted to speak with the supervisors and the Cresson Township Municipal Authority to help get a better idea of the state of the former prison. From there, CGL will help MTC develop a proposal for the state that is due later this month. Should the stars align, so to speak, the company would move in and reopen the Cresson facility under new management. To support this process, Murphree stated that he has been approaching community organizations, seeking the support of the area, rather than simply springing the news on the region at a later day. In attempting to gather these letters of support, Murphree said that he had spoken

ments on the part of the borough, like new street signs. These signs, with the Gallitzin Tunnels logo on them, now decorate the streets around the downtown area, including Main, Chestnut, Jackson, and others.

with Dave Knepper, chief of staff for the Cambria County Commissioners, as well as a workforce development program in Johnstown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought there was some state regulations that prohibits the use of private, for-profit prisons?â&#x20AC;? asked supervisor Gary Bradley, a question that Murphree had no immediate answer for. However, after some discussion, and Murphreeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reiteration that the facility would be federally backed, it was determined that a facility housing federal prisoners would overrule any such state regulation, if one exists. Bradley then added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, after seeing what the closing of the prison did to this community, I would be surprised by any opposition to the idea of reopening it, even privately.â&#x20AC;? The Department of General Services, which is now the caretaker of the former prison, noted that it is currently exploring all available options for the site.






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Carrolltown forum offers insight into future of Route 219 North

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

By Ian Wissinger

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To share information about the Cambria County Planning Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future collaboration with the state on a Route 219 Northern Corridor improvement plan, and as a means of gathering feedback from residents, Ethan Imhoff, director of the organization, hosted a series of community forums, two at Northern Cambria on Wednesday, July 10 and two at Carrolltown on the following day. During these meetings, folks who live along the highway â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or at least feature it into a daily commute or other travels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; came forward to ask questions. Municipal leaders attended the sessions as well. Carrolltown Borough manager Lonnie Batdorf attended the 2 p.m. meeting last Thursday, and said that, while the earlier forum attracted a relatively small turnout (conversely, the 5 p.m. outing, scheduled at the conclusion of the workday and attended by Carrolltown Borough Council president Tim Spangler, welcomed a considerable audience of about 20), Imhoff spoke extensively of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for Route 219. For the sake of honesty and realism, the planning commission prefaced the discussion by stating that neither party desires to convert the entirety of the northern corridor into a four-lane highway, and proceeded to list reasons why. Though some visitors promptly left the meeting upon hearing this statement, Batdorf was among those who understood and accepted why a four-lane Route 219 North might not necessarily work. Imhoff said the planning commission had based its decision on traffic study findings and subsequent number crunching. Through data collected by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, county officials learned that Carrolltown, for example, sees 9,000 vehicles travel along its portion of Route 219 on an average day; 3,000 of these motorists continue on to Patton. While the number may seem large â&#x20AC;&#x201C; indeed, many residents were surprised at the fig-

ure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it does not compare to what stretches of the highway, namely in the southern portion of the county, encounter on a regular basis. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, Imhoff cited an example of how a four-lane highway can destroy a townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commerce, as opposed to the desired mirror effect, in two words: Port Matilda. Since Interstate 99 was extended from northern Blair County directly to the State College area, the rural community has floundered. Port Matilda, and the two-lane highway that runs through it, used to welcome innumerable travelers, whether they be commuting college students, their parents, or visitors to a Nittany Lion sporting event or Bryce Jordan Center concert. A four-lane Route 219 would likely have to reroute around some Northern Cambria County municipalities because of space constraints, and this transformation could, in a worst-case scenario, cripple the local economy, essentially rendering these towns â&#x20AC;&#x153;obsoleteâ&#x20AC;? to passersby. With this disclaimer out of the way, Imhoff proceeded to talk about how a new Route 219 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; twolanes or otherwise â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could benefit the local community. As a municipal leader, Batdorf said he shared a number of ideas with the planning commission director, suggestions that he believes will at least be given some consideration when state crews hit the pavement as early as next summer. Talking points centered around improving visibility around sharper curves, bettering the physical condition of the highway, widening the road at certain points along residential and business areas so that motorists will have enough space to parallel park (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people have no choice but to back out onto [Route] 219,â&#x20AC;? Batdorf observed), creating more crosswalks and other delineations in residential areas (Carrolltown Borough currently only has such intersection) and performing some streetscape work (from new sidewalks to improved lighting). Batdorf said that he considered motorist and pedestrian safety to be paramount.

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Specifically, Carrolltown-area officials asked Imhoff to take a close look at the Route 453 interchange, where motorists can turn off to drive to Nicktown, and a dangerous curve near where Old Route 219 intersects with Brick Road, near the Old Farm Inn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are major safety concerns,â&#x20AC;? Batdorf said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see more accidents there than anywhere else [in the area].â&#x20AC;? Officials also expressed interest in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to build a supporting extension from Route 219 where it meets Sunset Road, near Carrolltownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Legion Park. An improved route here could open up traffic to Route 36, Batdorf said. A sweeping decision on Route 219 has yet to be made, but the Cambria County Planning Commission has committed to

keeping channels of communication with the Carrolltown and Northern Cambria areas open. In the meantime, the county organization can be reached at (814) 4722106 or at In looking ahead to the future of Route 219, Batdorf expressed opti-

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Each July, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art celebrates its annual Summer Gala. For 35 years, the event has drawn a spectacular crowd of people, all with a devotion or interest in supporting the arts. Much as SAMA does throughout the year, the Gala celebrates all that is artistic in our region and beyond. On July 20, as the time of the Gala comes calling once more, the focus is well-focused on foreign lands with a theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asian Fusion.â&#x20AC;? It is a theme that has inspired the Gala chairs, Jim Cayce, Marian Morgan, Nancy Sheetz, and Michael Strueber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always loved the Asian cultures, and I truly believe that we are entering the century of China,â&#x20AC;? Strueber shared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That makes this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme especially exciting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a distinctly different theme that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever attempted before.â&#x20AC;? Morgan added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme gave me the opportunity to learn more about the history of many interesting countries in this diverse region of the world, with the various elements, traditions, and culture and to incorporate those things into this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gala.â&#x20AC;? Under the umbrella of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asian Fusion,â&#x20AC;? guests will be greeted by colorful entrance banners, as well as large hanging paper lights and 30-foot-long hand-painted silk kites. Asian art and decorations will adorn the tent, while tables will be decorated with unique, hand-made ikebana centerpieces. Guests will be entertained by ballet dancers, live music, games of chance, gourmet cuisine, and its always fabulous raw bar. The Gala also coincides with SAMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China.â&#x20AC;? The exhibition, which opened June 28, will be making its American premiere after originally opening at the National Museum of China in Beijing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quite a coup for us,â&#x20AC;? said Strueber. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have an exhibit like this make its international, U.S. premiere here in the town of Loretto is almost unheard of, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re quite pleased to be able to offer this wonderful example of Chinese folk art to our community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The exhibition should not be missed,â&#x20AC;? Morgan agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having access to this by a private collector help set the stage for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme.â&#x20AC;? Complementing the textile display are a number of pieces being loaned to the museum by Michael and Barbara Sincak. The couple has made available an impressive collection including golden dragons, massive silk kites, porcelain and bronze statuary, and more. This, the co-chairs said, pro-

vides fantastic accouterments to an already spectacular Gala. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are thrilled to have available a marvelous Asian collection of art and treasures from around the world that Michael and Barbara have generously supported us with,â&#x20AC;? Morgan pointed out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of these artifacts have never been seen before.â&#x20AC;? In addition to an evening of dinner, drinks, and entertainment, Gala guests will find a number of fabulous items available in the live and silent auctions held during the evening. Items include never-beforeseen hand-carved Asian wood and stone reliefs, a magnificent hand-carved stone Chinese Buddha, original and highly collectible decoupage plates, and a variety of hand-crafted purses created by co-chair Nancy Sheetz. Attendees should also keep an eye out for several hand-crafted wooden and stone statues, antique Chinese porcelain vases, and three Chinese cloisonnĂŠ vases, dating back to 1900. Also included will be a champagne brunch for 10 with a private tour at Fallingwater and a $6,000 tuition scholarship for Saint Francis University. Among the auction items, an original 13th century Tibetan manuscript caught Strueberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye as an item not to be missed, while Morgan noted the Monuments & Masterpieces Trip to China might be of particular interest to attendees. Beginning in early October, the trip includes visits to Beijing, Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ian and Shanghai. Among the highlights in Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ian will be a chance for participants to trace the beginnings of Chinese civilization at the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opened to the public in 1991, the museum is in southern Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ian, and is home to a wealth of historical artifacts and treasures from the Han and Tang dynasties,â&#x20AC;? Morgan explained. The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. on July 20 on the campus of Saint Francis University in Loretto. Bus transportation will be provided from Altoona, Johnstown, Ligonier and Pittsburgh. Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the Gala, call the Museum at 814-472-3920 or visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to a number of events all over the country, and I have to tell you, none of them put the amount of creativity into their events that we do,â&#x20AC;? Strueber expressed, fresh off of a day painting bamboo and collecting stones to be used as decorative additions to the Gala. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They might have bigger tents, or white carpets, or whatever else they think makes them more stunning, but we have fabulous cochairs who really compliment each other well, and we each bring something different to the table.â&#x20AC;?






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Patton Borough Council accepts bid for upcoming road project

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

By Sarah Wolford

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At their Tuesday, July 9 meeting, the Patton Borough Council opened bids for their 2013 summer road paving project. Two bids were received by the borough. The first was from HRI Inc., of State College, in the amount of $68,222. The second bid was from Quaker Sales, of Johnstown, in the amount of



and engineering fees are added to the base cost of the roof and its supports is estimated at nearly $80,000. Romagna pointed out that $7,000 of that amount is for contingencies that might not arise and, thus, is money that might not be spent. Authority member Tom Bracken questioned the total amount, and Greg Schilling asked whether the total cost might have been less if the roof had been completed as part of the project. (The roof was taken out of the original project specifications as Romagna and board members tried to cut costs as much as possible.) Romagna admitted that the cost of the roof might have been as much as $10,000 less if it had been installed as part of the fanpress project; however, he remained confident that the authority would recover the costs of the roof for the life of the structure. His reasoning was



that occurred on June 20. Two individuals, a white male and a white female with blond hair, were seen driving around town in an older style Pontiac Grand AM with damage on the passenger side of the car. The pair

$65,637. The bid from Quaker Sales was accepted. The project will see parts of Palmer Avenue, Heather Street, Murray Avenue, Fir Street, Good Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Daisy Street, Edelweiss Street, and Dogwood Street paved. Street Commissioner Fred Price and the road crew also noted that the recent heavy rains have dampened some of the

that the landfill charges the authority by the pound for its treated sludge; that the roof will help keep the sludge drier, thus keeping its weight lower; and that, ultimately, the authority will save money at the landfill by shipping drier, less heavy sludge. To pay for the roof, the authority will use project funds originally earmarked for the purchase and the installation of a generator for the plant — Romagna will draft a change order to this effect — or the authority will use money from its current operating funds. The latter option — though feasible — is considered a worst-case option. After discussion of the roof and the need for it, authority members unanimously approved a motion — made by Schilling and seconded by Steve Mikesic — to approve the change order authorizing the contractor to build a steel roof over the sludge-collection dumpster at a cost of $67,066. approached several homes and a few businesses asking for money. Reports state the female told residents her mother was in the hospital and she needed money for gas. Police cautioned residents to be on the lookout for such characters and not to fall for such a request.

planned summer work, quite literally, as the weather has slowed down progress on many outside projects. However, the road crew hopes to continue to move forward with outside projects when there is a break in the weather. Speaking of the recent heavy rain, storms over the Fourth of July holiday caused damage to the water and sewer system at the waste water treatment plant. A power outage occurred over the holiday weekend. The damage was estimated between $1,500 and $1,900. Repairs should be covered by insurance. Regarding the Magee Avenue Bridge of Chest Creek, council said that the state has tentatively planned to hold a public meeting in January to discuss the impacts of the project, including three preliminary options.

The Army Corps of Engineers has rescheduled the Patton Continuing Eligibility Inspection for the levee to September due to the recent bad weather.

Council approved new rates for dental and eye care through United Concordia for borough employees. These rates will kick-in in September and be locked in for two years.

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Charity golf outing raises money for National Brain Tumor Society

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They are two women who grew up together right here in the Ebensburg area, two pals who went off to college together, shared a dorm room and stayed up late studying together. Both even ended up marrying local boys and started families. However, as life sometimes does, both found them-

selves on different paths, but the bonds forged in youth remained unbroken. So it was doubly heartrending when both Kim (Davis) Frank and Lisa (Sidone) McDermott found themselves stricken with brain tumors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was overwhelming,â&#x20AC;? Kim recalled of her diagnosis, a sentiment that Lisa shared as they recalled their individual journeys from the deck of the Ebensburg

Country Club last Friday. However, while the burdens the two women faced both individually and together were especially weighty, â&#x20AC;&#x153;overwhelmingâ&#x20AC;? also became a word of hope and inspiration as they discussed how the community had come together to support their fundraising event. Called Tee Up for Tumors, the charity golf outing hosted by the

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Porcupineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cribs adorn Hinckston Run landscape By Jim Lauffer

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Memo to fish living in the greenish-blue waters of Hinckston Run Reservoir, located in East and Middle Taylor townships: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with Greeks being the Cambria Somerset Authority, the Cambria County Conservation District, and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The three organizations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the support of volunteers from area sportsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clubs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are in the second year of the second three-year management plan to improve the habitat not only of Hinckston Run, but also of Quemahoning and Wilmore reservoirs. From a fishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective the goal isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t altogether altruistic. Improving the habitat will, if all goes as planned, improve each reservoirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fishery. Improving the fishery will improve an anglersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; odds of catching fish, catching fish keeps

anglers happy, and happy anglers will, no doubt, spend more time at their lake of choice. This chain-of-life scenario is good for anglers and the folks who manage their waters, but is not so good if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a fish. On Thursday, June 30, volunteers and representatives from the aforementioned organizations built 15 or so â&#x20AC;&#x153;porcupineâ&#x20AC;? senior cribs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; constructed from four-foot lengths of two-by-twos and are weighted with eight concrete blocks. The cribs look a bit like four-foot-tall ziggurats. They are designed to look like a large, submerged tree stump. When dropped into specified areas, they collectively resemble a stump site. The cribs eventually become covered with algae and macroinvertebrates that provide food for fish. One volunteer was Bryce Guyan of Mundys Corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was drinking my coffee and my neighbor stopped by and said, SEE CRIBS, PAGE 12B

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CenCam football boosters seeking donors for memorial wall

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The Central Cambria football boosters has announced plans to build a brick memorial wall around the base of the high school stadium scoreboard, a gesture that will not only add a personal touch to the grounds, but seek to memorialize Central Cambria alumni and their family members, as well. The idea was conceived around the final weeks of the 2012-13 school year in the hopes of completing the project by Julyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, just in time for football camp; however, an early lack of awareness has caused the initiative to stall somewhat, prompting the club to reach out just recently again. As Rich Bauer of the football

boosters explained, anyone can reserve a piece of what will ultimately compose the finished monument. A 4x8 brick costs $50 and a 8x8 brick runs $95, with buyers able to inscribe their own personalized message on each brick face. An order form, mailed out to district residents, parents, coaches and business owners, lists additional customization options. The smaller brick, for example, can hold up to three lines of text, with 16 characters per line, and the larger one holds five lines. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, donors can elect to add a logo to their piece of the memorial, with images reflecting either an arts or sports theme. One extra option, the Red Devil logo, signifies the prospective buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Cambria school spirit.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a really nice thing,â&#x20AC;? Bauer said, pointing out that, as an alumnus who lived away from the area in the late â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s and early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;00s, he missed out on an opportunity to be a part of the renovated stadium entrance that reflects a similar concept. Bauer said that he talked to fellow alumni who have expressed a desire to become a part of their alma materâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic field and commemorate late loved ones who also treasured the Central Cambria experience. This project, he observed, gives those folks a second chance. The project has not been contracted out yet, but Bauer said that he reached out to Admiral Peary Area Vocational-Technical Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masonry program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which trains current Central Cambria students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and named


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Michael Sabott, check number 712, was the eighth miner found after the explosion. The Rev. Bausch identified the body of the 16-yearold, who’d worked as a coupler — a miner who coupled coal cars together. Sabott left behind his mother, who lived in Johnstown. His date of employment was July 5, 1898, meaning he’d started in the mine as a 12-year-old boy. Thursday morning, July 10, 1902, was, no doubt, like any other Thursday mornings for Michael Sabott and the 600 or so miners of Cambria Iron Company’s Rolling Mill Mine, whose portal was located near the confluence of the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh rivers. The mine, located beneath the hillside across from the Point Stadium, was so named because of its proximity to the company’s steelrolling mlll, located on the other side of the Conemaugh River. The Rolling Mill Mine, which supplied coal to Johnstown steel mills, opened in 1856 and by the time it closed in 1931, its shafts had yielded nearly 22.4 million tons of coal. At approximately 11 a.m. the morning of the 10th, an explosion rocked the Klondike section of the mine, killing seven miners in the immediate vicinity. The explosion was caused by firedamp, a methane gas mixture, and following the explosion, a gas referred to as afterdamp spread through the shafts, suffocating miners who were trying to make their way to the mine’s only other exit — the Millcreek Portal, located several miles away. All told, 112 miners died in the Rolling Mill Mine Disaster, which still ranks among the most deadly mining accidents in the history of the United States. The first body identified was that of Emra Bashista. He’d started in the mine on July 6, 1897. He was 21 years old and left behind his wife, who lived in Johnstown. Ray Dodson of Vinco arrived in the engineering department of Bethlehem Mines Corporation in 1958. One of the old-timers of the department was Edgar Giles of Westmont, who was getting ready to retire as a draftsman-engineer after 54 years of service with the company. “He worked in the mine as a kid,” Dodson said. “He started

as a trapper boy when he was 13 years old.” A trapper boy spent his shifts opening and closing doors so coal cars could pass through. Giles asked Dodson whether he’d like to see a map related to the Rolling Mill Mine Disaster. Even though he knew about the explosion, Dodson expressed his interest, and Giles pulled out a blueprint of the area of the mine affected by the explosion. Numbers were handwritten in red on the blueprint. These numbers corresponded to

the landfill. “We did a lot of dumpster diving back then,” recalled Richard Burkert, president / chief executive officer of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Ludwig Shalonka was 22 years old when he died in the disaster. He was a track laborer — his check numbers was 739 — and he’d been employed by Cambria Iron Company since May 30, 1901. The Rev. Dembrinsky also identified his body. The young man left behind one dependent — an unnamed 12-

mine, where he began working on July 31, 1901. He was 19 years old, his parents lived in the old country (the “O.C.”), and his body was identified by the Rev. Dembrinsky, who identified many of the miners’ bodies — most of whom were parishioners in his church. The Rev. Father B. Dembrinsky was pastor of the newly constructed St. Casimir’s Polish Roman Catholic Church — a church paid for largely by deductions, one dollar per pay, taken from the twice-a-

the younger Moskal died, he was already a three-year-veteran of the mine. A quick review of the documents reveals how devastating the Rolling Mill Mine Disaster was to a generation of families. Between 80 and 90 of the miners who died were in their 20s or 30s. Another 10 or so were teenagers, and half a dozen or so were in their 40s or 50s. More than 80 miners were immigrants from England, Poland, and Slovakia, and many had parents or

The typed columns list a miner’s check number, his name, his dependents (if any), person who identified his body, his age, and his date of employment. Annotations written in pencil indicate the number of the miner’s body in the order it was found and his job in the mine.

numbers penciled in the left margins of three pages that list the names of those who died in the disaster and show where the bodies were found. Check number 921 belonged to J.R. Thomas, who was the 18th miner found. At age 59, he was one of two miners in his 50s (54-yearold Frank Tinursky was the other). “Back then, a miner was wore out long before they reached 50,” Dodson said. Thomas was a laborer in the mine and had begun working there on Feb. 14, 1902. His friends identified his body. He left behind a widow who lived in Johnstown. The blueprint and list of names were part of the archives of the Johnstown Division of Bethlehem Mining Corporation. In 1960, Bethlehem Mines closed that division, and the archives — including those related to the Rolling Mill Mine Disaster — were destined for

year-old sister. “I was one of the last guys left in a supervisory role in Johnstown,” Dodson said. He “rescued” the blueprints and names list and has kept them rolled up and stored for 53 or so years. “It’s time to donate them to someone,” he said, adding that he’d like to donate them to the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. The list has columns that give each miner’s check number, name, marital status (or whether he had dependents), age, and date of employment. There is also a column telling who identified the miner’s body. The list also has numerous pencil annotations: The aforementioned number that corresponds to the red number on the blueprint in the left margin and the miner’s job in the right column. Miner Andrew Zaidel was the 51st body found. His check number was 214, and he was a loader in the

month paychecks of all Polish Catholics on Cambria Iron Company’s regular payroll. The St. Casimir church building was generally regarded as one of the finest in Johnstown. “Over 40 members of my church were killed in the disaster in the mine,” Dembrinsky said to the press. “Most of these men were my best parishioners, being thrifty, providing, God-fearing men who were pillars of strength to the congregation.” Check number 308 had two names assigned to it — 35-year-old Andy Moskal and 13-year-old Mike Moskal. The father had been working in the mine since May 7, 1894, and the son since July 3, 1899. They worked together as loaders and were the 116th and 117th bodies found. At that time, fathers often took their children into the mines to work with them, thus increasing the family’s earning potential. When

wives in the old country. In a contemporary account of the disaster — published in The New York Times on July 12, 1902 — the anonymous reporter notes that the “catastrophe” will cost Cambria Iron Works a large sum of money. The property damage, including the mules that died following the explosion, was estimated to be $1,000. In addition, the company paid $500 to every miner who became partially disabled as a result of the disaster and $1,000 to the family of every miner killed. In spite of the loss of life, perhaps to recoup its outlay, the Rolling Mill Mine reopened on Monday, July 14 — a mere four days after the explosion. If you are curious about the Rolling Mill Mine Disaster, you can find additional information on the internet by entering the mine’s name or the date of the disaster into your search engine of choice.

The red numbers on the blueprint correspond to the penciled numbers on the list of miners. For example, John Popitsky, check number 135, was the 103rd miner found after the explosion. Photos by Jim Lauffer.



Ebensburg Country Club on July 12 drew a large crowd of participants and sponsors in this, its first year. Both Lisa and Kim, having come through their battles with tumors, noted that there are many who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come through as relatively unscathed as either of them do, and there are a large percentage who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come through at all. As such, both women felt it was important to support the search for a cure through the National Brain Tumor Society, based out of Boston. And though both women no longer lay their heads in Ebensburg, with Lisa living in Maryland and Kim living in Florida, Ebensburg is still home to them, so it only made sense to come here for their fundraiser. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We grew up here together, so


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this seemed like the perfect place to get the word out and do something that would help make a difference.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a chance for us to come home again,â&#x20AC;? Lisa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter where we live, a part of us will always call this place home, so this was an opportunity to have our community, our family and friends, rally around us.â&#x20AC;? And rally they did. The inaugural golf outing saw 52 golfers come out for a day on the links, supported by 26 volunteers who helped Lisa and Kim keep the show running smoothly. Those participants helped the duo raise $5,450 during the event, all of which will be donated directly to the National Brain Tumor Society. This, the organizers added, was made possible by the various charitable contributions offered by the 30 businesses who helped sponsor the

event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This event was 100 percent funded by the sponsors. Without them, this event would not have occurred,â&#x20AC;? Lisa shared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In many cases, events like this need to use some of the donation money to cover the costs of organizing and hosting the event, but we were able to do that with the help of these local businesses. With their help, all of the proceeds will go directly to the society, and they should be proud of what they helped accomplish here today.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This could have had a much different face,â&#x20AC;? Lisa explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both of us lost partial vision, but we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t debilitated and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose the fight like so many others. And I know it sounds corny, but the sky does look a lot bluer when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only looking at it with one eye, so everyone really should take a moment to enjoy the simple

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Friday, July 19 Cinch Tournament The Patton Senior Activity Center will be holding a cinch tournament on Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at the senior center. Three players per team are required and entry fee is $7 per person. The fee includes a meal and prizes are awarded for first, second and third places. Call the center at 674-5820 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for information or to sign up for the tournament. Reunion of Richard Evans and Ira Bloom Families A reunion of Richard Evans and

Mainline Extra Ira Bloom families will be held July 19-21 at the Fred Bloom Farm, 1636 Colver Rd., Ebensburg. Early Friday arrivals dinner at local restaurant at 7:30 p.m., Saturday picnic at 1:30 p.m. with evening bonfire and Sunday will be church at 10 a.m. followed by lunch at Off the Rak Restaurant and visit to Lloyd Cemetery.

Saturday, July 20 Thirty-One Fundraiser for Tyson Vallery Thirty-One Fundraiser for Tyson Vallery will be held Saturday, July 20 from 2-5 p.m. above old ambulance building in Carrolltown. Tyson is three years old and has to undergo open heart surgery. If you can't attend, go to All proceeds go to Tyson and his family. Cambria Heights Class of 1967 Reunion Cambria Heights Senior High School class of 1967 will hold their reunion Saturday, July 20 from 6 p.m. to closing at Pirates

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Laney Reunion The annual Laney reunion will be held on Saturday, July 20, at Duman Lake Park, Pavilion #3 starting at noon-? Hope to see you there.

Prince of Peace Parish Family Festival Prince of Peace Parish Family Festival will be held Saturday, July 20 from 5-9 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 in the church hall, 811 Chestnut Avenue, Northern Cambria. Spaghetti dinner will be served Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more festival activities continuing from 3-9 p.m. including bingo, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s games, basket auction, games of chance, pizza, pigs, haluski and pierogies.

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Hopfer Family Reunion Hopfer family reunion will begin at 12 p.m. on July 20, at the Nanty Glo Park and Pool, Legion Pavilion. Any questions, please contact Amy Edwards at 4726459.

Sunday, July 21 St. Joan of Arc Parish Festival St. Joan of Arc Annual Parish Festival will be held Sunday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Turkey dinner and noodles with all the

trimmings served family style from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located on Rt. 53, Frugality, near Prince Gallitzin State Park.

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loved ones, but will benefit the current football program as well. Bauer explained that the district has had to make funding cuts at many levels, and even sports have been affected by these changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We finally bought new uniforms; we were [reusing them] on a nine-year cycle,â&#x20AC;? he said. The finished landmark will resonate with this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football club, namely one Class of 2014 senior whose father recently passed away from cancer. The dedicated father â&#x20AC;&#x153;never missed a






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19â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x31â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ABOVE GROUND POOLS: $699. Installed FREE. Site prep extra. 1-800-548-1923.

2/DRYER CHAIRS; Shampoo chair, hydraulic styling chair $150. Must take all. 749-9430 BLUEBERRIES! Stutzman Farms: 422 West Penn Run. U-pick, and ready picked Call ahead to place orders. Monday to Saturday, 8-6, Tuesday, 8-8. CLOSED Sundays. 724463-7915. CLEANING SUPPLIES: Stripper, wax, buckets with wringers, mop handles, floor cleaner. $150. Call 814241-3626. JACUZZI - $150. Pool Table 3/4 in slate $300. 948-5430.

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MAYTAG GAS STOVE -like new. 2piece green plaid living-room suitcouch & love seat. Maytag dryer, player piano, pilates machine-already assembled. 247-8438.


ASHVILLE: 1-bedroom efficiency, first floor, very clean includes heat, water/sewage, garbage, snow removal, stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer. No smoking/pets. $425/month. 8867116.

CRESSON: 1 bedroom, 3rd floor. $250/month plus utilities. 886-7389 or 934-1531. EBENSBURG: Second floor, 1 bedroom. newly renovated, utilities included $525/month. 886-5856.

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EBENSBURG: One bedroom and two bedroom apartments. First floor and second floor. No smoking. No pets. Call 472-7850.

EBENSBURG: Small and large 1-2 bedroom, 2-bedroom townhouse with 1.5 bath, all include heat/water/sewage/garbage, off-street parking. No pets. Storage available. $410700/month. 471-0462. GALLITZIN: 1 bedroom, all utilities included. $400/month plus security deposit. 615-9024. JOSEPH JOHNS TOWERS IN JOHNSTOWN: 1-2 bedroom apartments available. Utilities included. 814-536-6122 for details. Equal Housing Opportunity. LORETTO: 2 bedroom bungalow, includes water, sewage/garbage, offstreet parking. No pets. 472-6334. MT. VIEW VILLA IN CRESSON: 2bedroom, move-in-ready townhouse. $575/month. includes water/sewage/garbage and lawn care. Perfect location. Call Kathleen 886-4949.

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Central Cambria S.D.

NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 1110 Chestnut Ave. 1-bedroom. 2nd Floor. Stove-refrigerator included. $275/month & security. 1 yr. lease. No Pets. 948-4404. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2-bedroom apt. First floor. No pets. Heat, water, garbage, electric included. 948-8392. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: Remodeled 1 bedroom, 1st floor. Washer/dryer hook-up, water/sewage/trash included. No pets, no smoking. Security deposit required. $385/month. 814-9489791 or 814-932-3085.

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(814) 946-4211

633 Logan Blvd., Lakemont ALTOONA , PA 16602

Ebensburg, Maple Ave.: Lovely split level home w/3 BR, 2 BA. Attached & detached garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$198,500 Ebensburg, W. Ogle St.: Beautiful brick home, finished 3rd floor. 4 BR, 1 BA. Call for more info. . . .$185,000 Patton, Donnelly Ave.: Kitchen, Living room, 3 BR, 1 BA, 2 encl. porches, shed, carport on large private lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$39,900 Fallentimber, Skyline Dr. 1 sty., doublewide w/2 car det. garage, 3 BR, 2 BA . . . . . .$84,900 Patton, Beech Ave.: Lge. 2-sty, brick home w/ 4BR, 2.5 BA, 2 car det. garage, C/A . . . . . . .$124,900 Crestwood: Fabulous, all brick, 2 sty home w/4 BR, 4 1/2 BA. Many features! . . . . . . . . . . . . .$350,000 Gallitzin, Tunnel Hill St.: Bi-level home, 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA. Gorgeous newer kitchen! Must see!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$134,900

Patton, Park Ave.: Updated restaurant, great condition, comm. kit., bar area, din. rm, patio & game room, too much to list!. . . $369,900

Cute 2 BR, vinyl sided home with E Ebensburg IC ED 1 car attached garage. Huge living 2 1/2 story, 3-4 BR, vinyl sided PRDUC room, appliances included, move-in home on a large corner lot. RE condition. Owner will help with Remodeled kitchen. Gas hot water seller assist! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; E a c h O f f i cheat. e ILarge n d efront p eporch. n d e1ncar tly Owned and Operated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Call Mona @ 687-4514 or email detached garage & pavilion. $129,900.

Full pavilion with 12x16 shed. Will accommodate a 44 ft. motor home or a 5th wheel. Electric to pavillion & shed. Super lot with stream & open ground behind property. Looking at offers! Call Mona @ 687-4514 or email

Cambria Heights S.D.

Glendale Yearound

Beautifully maintained home built in 1896. Former bed and breakfast. 6 BR, 2.5 bath. Great sunroom opening to deck. Also includes a large steel building/garage. Also electric heat. 24 hour notice for showing. Furniture negotiable.

5th wheel camper with enclosed porch & covered porch.

Call Gary @ 659-1863


Call Scott @ 525-2291

Cambria Heights S.D.

St. Benedict area, 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath, vinyl sided home on approx. 4/10 of an acre lot. New 2 car detached garage. Above ground pool. Large rear deck. Price reduced.

NEAR PATTON: 1-BR. 1st floor, includes heat. $350/month 943-2009 or 931-3095

Totally renovated interior describes this 2 BR on a 60x142 lot. New carpeting/floor covering, appliances included!

3-4 BR, stone & vinyl sided Cape Cod on nice lot with great view! Remodeled kitchen with wrap around deck & great view!

Revloc, 2 BR brick home on a 50x130 lot. 1 car detached garage. Newer windows & roof. $42,500.


Northern Cambria

2 BR, 1 1/2 bath 2 story aluminum sided home on a 55x91 lot. Oil forced air heat. 1 car attached garage. $30,000.

Call Scott @ 525-2291

4201 Crawford Ave., Northern Cambria



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Robert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Archieâ&#x20AC;? Hamer / 207-8966 Howard Harkins / 886-5751 Julie Keilman / 749-3170

2002 Fleetwood doublewide, 3 BR, 2 full baths & 3 season room addition. 1 car garage & shed on 1 acre of land.


Call Gary @ 659-1863


Bev Mandichak, GRI / 886-4261 Lori McMullen / 207-7256 Tony Mignogna / 932-1928


2 story brick home that features 3 BR, 1 full bath. Original hardwood floors on the 1st level, Some original woodwork. Attic could be easily finished to be a 4th BR. Large patio for entertaining and a great front porch for relaxing. This home has loads of character.

Call Lori @ 207-7256

Portage Twp.

Well maintained home in the borough with numerous updates, but still enough to do to make it your own. Great home for a larger family or someone who wants the extra space. 1 car garage and off street parking great for winter restrictions. Seller looking for offers.

Call Archie @ 207-8966

Call Mona @ 687-4514 or email

Great home, great price. 1978 Modular, newer windows, doors, siding, & roof, spacious living room, oak kitchen, 3 BR, big family room in basement, 1.5 bath, great rear deck, big yard w/utility shed. $94,900.

Gary Ondecko / 948-4132 Mona Schilling / 687-4514 Scott Strayer / 472-8313

Call Bev Mandichak @ 886-2961

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SCENIC VIEW!! 1&2 bedroom apartments with pet policy, first & lastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s month rent, security deposit required. Call: 814-419-9009, or 241-0701, Diane.

SOUTH FORK: 2 bedroom apartment. No pets, $400/month. 4954009.

CRESSON: 1st & 2nd floor. $375/month plus utilities and security deposit. 814-931-4931.


CRESSON: 701 Front St., Prime commercial space available. 3306294.


EBENSBURG: Stone cape cod. No smoking, no pets. Call Kevin 4727707.

GALLITZIN: 3 bedroom Ranch for sale or rent. $700/month or $100,000. No pets. 886-7389 or 934-1531. GALLITZIN: 3-bedroom, 6 rooms, newer home, $600/month + security deposit & utilities, 944-6975, 9410870. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 2 bedroom, 1 bath house. Water, garbage, sewage included. No pets. 979-7426. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 3-bedroom ranch style home, everything on first floor. 948-9171.



GALLITZIN, MOUNTAIN TOP STORAGE: Vehicles, boats, campers, motorcycles, furniture storage. 10% discount for Military, Police, Firefighters All units no more than $30 & $40. Can deliver storage unit to be stored on your land or ours. We also rent trailers. 330-0150. LARGE PRIVATE WOODED LOT for mobile home. Cresson Lakes area. $250/month. 717-917-0190.


MARYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOME AWAY: Short-term rental. Like a Bed and Breakfast. Fully equipped. Vacationing/visiting the area? Go to enter Cresson, PA for more information. 814-886-5504.


LORETTO: 2 bedroom includes water, sewage/garbage, off-street parking. No pets. 472-6334.


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210 Columbus Ave.: 3 BR, 1 1/2 bath. New carpet, flooring & insulated windows. COZY! GREAT RENTAL OPPORTUNITY! 507-509 Cleveland St., Lilly: 4 apt. building.

GREAT RENTAL OPPORTUNITY! 321 Main St., Gallitzin: 5 units. NEW LISTING! 819 Main St., Gallitzin: Lovely, move-in ready...must see!




DENISE GUZIC . . . . . . . .886-2174

ARLENE DUNMYER . . . .312-4251

HUGE REDUCTION! 242 Jackson Ave., Cresson

Lovely and well maintained 4 BR, 1.75 BA, Cape Cod. 2 BR on main level. Part finished basement, large eat-in kitchen, double lot, maintenance free exterior, newer windows. NOW ONLY $89,900.

Call Crystal Fischer (814) 931-2470 to view.




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EBENSBURG: Ranch style, 2+ bedrooms, large living room, 1.5 car garage. Partially finished basement. $115,000. 814-472-8033. GLEN CAMPBELL AREA: Brick Ranch 8.5 acres, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large kitchen, finished basement w/fireplace. Central air, inground heated pool. 3 car garage, small barn. Many more features. $190,000. 814-845-7623. NANTY GLO: 774 Expedite Road. See for details. 4725903. PATTON: As is, 3 Lots, Low Taxes. 3 Bedrooms, Oil Heat. Will consider all reasonable offers. 814-674-5244. VINCO: 183 Moshannon Dr. (Rte 271) 19th & 20th. 9-3.



CRESSON MT. HOUSE GROUNDS: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, living room, family room, study, eat-in-kitchen, screened porch, beautiful wooded lot. $259,000. 814-886-5876 leave message. No realtors please.

RENT/OWN: Cherry Tree, $310/month, +deposit 2-bedroom homes. No pets. 814-743-5291.

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1595 COUPON-GALLITZIN ROAD: Gigantic yard sale. July 19, 20, 21. 95. Furniture, whirlpool, kennel, athletic equipment, baby items, bikes, etc.

BELSANO: 2 miles from Belsano Post Office on N. 271. 980 Duman Rd. Look for signs. Sat 7/20. 8:306:30.


BELSANO: Rt. 422, 3704 Ben Franklin Hwy. Thursday July 18 & Fri. July 19. 8 -? Something for everyone.

CHERRY TREE: 123 Relative Lane (Rte 240). Estate Sale. July 24-27. 85. Everything to be sold. CRESSON SHAFT: 138 Coal Rd (in back) Fri 7/19 & Sat 7/20 Rain or shine 8-? Something for everyone.

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EBENSBURG: 3640 & 3582 Admiral Peary Hwy. Rte. 22 West of Ebensburg. Rain or Shine. Fri July 19 & Sat July 20. 8-? Everything including the kitchen sink. GARAGE SALE: 1 1/2 miles south of Patton on route 36. Childrensclothes, baby-items, toys, home interior, bound carpet rems and much more. July 19 & 20 from 9-4. GRISEMORE RD: 553 W. Alverda. 18-19-20. Watch for signs after Alverda service station. Antiques, wine press, horseshoes, glassware, coffee grinder, old pickle jars. Santa collection, chandelier, many misc. LASH/VARNER YARD SALE: 88 Cherry Tree Road, just outside of Hillsdale. July 19 & 20, 8:30-4. Something for everyone; tools, books, Pilates XP Premium, power washer, grills, toys, games, junior girls clothes, and much more. MINERAL POINT: 189 Adams Ave. 7/20. 9-4. HH., childrens clothes, toys, baby items, home decor & more. NANTY GLO: 1147 Third St. Multifamily Fri 7/19, Sat 7/20. 8:30-4. Brand name baby & toddler clothes, household items, tools, furniture, & much more. NORTHERN CAMBRIA: 622 River St. Across bridge by Dollar General. Multi-family on July 19 & 20 8-4. SANKERTOWN: 318 Beech St. 7/19 & 7/20. 9-2. Girls clothes, recliner, misc items. SHARBAUGHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DRUG STORE: Outdoor clearance sale. Sat 7/20. 92. TWIN ROCKS: 1236 Station Rd. 1st time garage sale. Rain or shine. July 19-21. 9-6 p.m. Household items, junior clothes, glassware, knickknacks, toys & games, old record albums, Avon jewelry, some furniture. TWIN ROCKS: Former St. Timothy & Mark church. Multi-family. 7/19 & 7/20. 9-4. Items from an estate. Baby items, household, something for everyone.


ENTRY LEVEL MANAGEMENT position available at a Daycare. 7490784.

EXPERIENCED CAKE DECORATOR: Must be able to trace and draw. 736-8262. FOUNDATION COORDINATOR: The Central Cambria Education Foundation, CCEF, is seeking a qualified individual to coordinate and direct all fundraising activities and government funding programs, act as a liaison to CC faculty, manage alumni database, and conduct everday business duties. Qualified candidates will have excellent communication skills, be proficient in social and electronic communication, as well as experience in database management. This part-time position is home based and includes expense reimbursement. The starting salary is $10/hour plus commission. Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to: Resumes must be received by 7/19/13. FRONT END MANAGER: Portage grocery retail store is looking for a qualified applicant to fill this position. Front End Manager. Person will be responsible for scheduling, supervising, training personnel. Must have computer skills with knowledge of POS systems. Position is full time, rotating evening schedule with every Sunday and most holidays off. Knowledge of PA lottery sales a plus. HARDWARE MANAGER: Portage area Grocery/Retailer has opening in the hardware department for a manager. Experience with hardware, plumbing, electrical, paint and computer skills helpful. Duties include ordering, stocking, and customer service, scheduling employees and unloading trucks. Position is full time with Sundays and most holidays off. HARDWARE MANAGER: Must have computer skills to order and control inventory. Customer service 40 hours per week. Send resume to

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JUST LIKE HOME in Cresson is currently seeking applications for parttime 3-11 & 11-7. Applicants must enjoy working with elderly. (Be honest, reliable, & willing to work.) High school diploma required. If interested stop for application at 506 Gallitzin Road, Cresson.

LOCAL DRIVERS WANTED: Class A & B, home every night, hospitalization after 90 days, 21+ years of age, 2 years experience. Will train. Ebensburg, PA. 814-472-1007. MARTHA’S MANOR, INC. is looking for a few good people to help care for the elderly. Looking for full time and part time. If you are a hard working, caring individual with a diploma call 886-5180 to set up an interview, or send resume to 124 Cosey Lane, Lilly, PA 15938.

PART-TIME COOK needed for approximately 25-30 hours a week. 8868955. PIZZA HUT, EBENSBURG now hiring cooks & servers, possible advancement opportunity available. Apply in person.or RECEPTIONIST: Full-time & parttime positions available. Computer skills, answering phones, friendly. Will train the right person. Full-time position includes benefits. Send resume to “Receptionist” P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931. SALES REPRESENTATIVE needed for a company located in Ebensburg area. Travel out of town to cover multi-state area required approximately half of the time. Prefer some industrial or mining sales experience. Good work conditions. EOE. Send resume to: “Sales Representative,” P.O. Box 777, Ebensburg, PA 15931. WAITRESS: Experience preferred. Kitchen help wanted: Apply at Starlite. 948-4809.


ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY THE PIANO? Put your fears aside! PA certified Music Teacher and Pianist, now accepting students of all ages. 814-243-3081.

CHIMNEY LINERS: Repairs, rain caps, cleanings. Serving the Mainline area for 31 years. Professional service at reasonable rates. Fully insured. Over 9,000 references. Tri-County Chimney Services, Inc. 800-8095996. HARBAUGH ELECTRIC: Quality workmanship at affordable rates. Fully insured. 814-743-6166. KOSABER GENERAL SERVICES: Professional Handyman. Small construction jobs, lawn mowing, over 25/years in business . 495-4785. LITTLE HANDS child sitting services. $2 per hour. Call 814-886-7636. PARTIES, WEDDINGS, SEMINARS, SPECIAL EVENTS: Cresson American Legion ballroom. 886-8567. PARTIES, WEDDINGS, SEMINARS, SPECIAL EVENTS: Cresson American Legion ballroom. 886-8567. R&S CLEANING: Janitorial Service. Strip and wax floors. We haul anything! Cleanouts! Houses, Apartments, garages, storage bins, $50 to $75. Snow Plowing, Fully insured. PA contract # 080816 330-0150. RICK’S PAINTING/HANDYMAN: We build & remodel inside/outside your home. Painting, wallpapering, plumbing, texture ceilings, ceramic tile, drywall, siding/soffit/fascia, decks. GREAT PRICES on bathroom/kitchen remodeling! Rick Novella, 814886-5504. PA045341. SABELLA PAVING: Parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, repairing/sealcoating. Free estimates. PA #041032, 948-8330. SHAFFER TREE SERVICE, LLC: Tree removal, tree/shrub trimming, stump grinding, fertilizing, landscaping. Free estimates, fully insured. Owner Rick Shaffer 736-4168.


Randy Simpson from Carlisle, will be in concert at Wesley United Methodist Church, Main & Church Streets, in South Fork, on Sunday, July 21 at the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service. Randy was voted Pennsylvania's Favorite Southern Gospel Music Male Singer by the PSGMA. We are sure your ears will be pleased and your heart will be blessed with Randy’s ministry. Everyone Is welcome.

Bible School Bethany UMC, on Farren Street in Portage, is having its annual bible school on July 21-25 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. The theme will be Colossal Coaster World. We will be having crafts, special music, videos, games, and snacks. Come join us for this exciting adventure.

Portage Area Community Band to perform The Portage Area Community Band will be having a performance at Veterans’ Park in Cresson, at the gazebo on Sunday, July 21. The concert will start at 2 p.m. It’s free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. It will be an afternoon of great music and fun for all. Bring the whole family.

Monday, July 22 Garman Church of God Vacation Bible School Daily Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 22 thru Friday, July 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for ages 3-103 at Garman Church of God, 1935 Moss Creek Rd., Northern Cambria (one-half mile north of town on Rt. 219 at intersection of Moss Creek Rd.). Closing program will be Sunday morning July 28 at 10 am. For more information, call 814-9487450.

Bible School The First Baptist Church of Nanty Glo will host Bible School with the theme of “Holding God High” for ages 5 through grade 6.

It will be held on Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m. Registration is at 5 p.m. on Monday the 22.

Blood drive at Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene American Red Cross blood drive will be held Monday, July 22 from 12-6 p.m. at Lakeside Community Church of the Nazarene, 1006 Rowena Drive, Ebensburg. This event is sponsored by American Legion Post 363. Please call 1800-RED CROSS or visit and enter: ebensburg. St. Benedict Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School St. Benedict Presbyterian Church will hold their Vacation Bible School Monday, July 22 thru Friday, July 26 from 6-8 p.m. for ages 3 and 13. Theme is Kingdom Rock with crafts, music, games and snacks.

Tuesday, July 23 NC Senior Center Dance Northern Cambria Senior Center will hold a dance Tuesday, July 23 from 7-10 p.m. Music provided by Rich Hagan. Light refreshments provided. Dress is casual. Open to public, need not be a senior to attend. Center is located at 908 Tracy Drive, Northern Cambria. Call 948-6711.

Bus Trip to The Rivers Casino Bus trip to The Rivers Casino will take place Tuesday, July 23. Pick up at 9:30 a.m. at Bi-Lo parking lot, Northern Cambria and will depart Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. Total cost is $33 with $20 free play and $5 food voucher. To reserve a seat please call Velma 948-9852. Must have valid ID to enter casino.

Wednesday, July 24 Jennerstown Mountain Playhouse trip The Patton Senior Activity Center is hosting a trip to Jennerstown Mountain Playhouse on July 24, to see Squabbles. Cost

is $20 per person call the center for details 674-5820.

Thursday, July 25 Three Rivers Casino Gambling Trip The Patton Senior Activity Center is hosting a gambling bus trip to Three Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh on Thursday, July 25. The cost is $32 per person (bonus to be announced). Pickup will be at 8:30 a.m. at the senior center. Call the center at 674-5820 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for information or to reserve a seat.

Future events Zumbatomic Street Party A Zumbatomic Street Party, sponsored by Wolf’s Performing Arts, in benefit of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, will be held on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Participants 4 to 94 can join us for our special Zumbatomic class right in the street in front of the Wolf’s Performing Arts studio at 226 W. High Street. Prizes provided by area businesses will be awarded to the participants and the first 40 participants receive a free “Saddle Up for St Jude’s” Tshirt. All proceeds will go to St. Jude’s. Cost is $5 per participant.

St. Benedict Church 56th Homecoming Festival Saint Benedict Church in Carrolltown will be sponsoring their 56th Homecoming Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 26, 27 and 28 starting on Friday with ethnic foods at 5 p.m.; Wing Night 6 to ? and young people’s karaoke from 8-11 p.m.; bungy jump, obstacle course and bouncy house all three days; Saturday grounds open at noon with Mass at 4 p.m. and adult karaoke from 7-11 p.m. A chicken dinner with homemade noodle soup will be featured on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment every evening with bingo, basket auction, garage sale, games, music, ethnic foods, bake sale, $13,000 in cash prizes, a Honda 420 quad-cycle or $3,000 cash drawing and refreshments.



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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go build some porcupine boxes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Bryce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I asked, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What the heck are you talking about?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So here I am.â&#x20AC;? His neighbor is Phil Rickard of the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. Having discovered the nature of a porcupine crib, Bryce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who three weeks earlier had returned from a twoyear stint at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq â&#x20AC;&#x201D; picked up a nail gun and began pop, pop, popping nails into two-by-twos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool,â&#x20AC;? he said of the habitatimprovement project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like it.â&#x20AC;? Bryce isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a stranger to Hinckston Run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was a kid, I lived in the West End, and we pedaled out here to fish,â&#x20AC;? he said. Bryce added that catch-andrelease wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the order of the

day back then. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put them on a stick and cook them over a fire,â&#x20AC;? he remembered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were always nasty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; burned on the outside and raw inside. What did we know? We were just dumb kids.â&#x20AC;? The cribs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each weighed approximately 500 pounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that Bryce and others assembled were splashed into 14 to 17 feet of water. According to Mike Swartz of the Fish & Boat Commission, the cribs were dumped along the bed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; marked with bobbing buoys â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of a creek that meandered through the area before it was flooded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fish like to travel the bed,â&#x20AC;? Swartz said, adding that the cribs were placed along it to entice fish to venture from deeper into shallower waters. Anglers can target these fish-attracting cribs, as well as

those previously put into Hinckston Run, by using habitat maps available on the website of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. During the past five years, including 2013, approximately 150 cribs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Trojan horse gifts to the fish in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of one type or another have been placed in the reservoir. Swartz, with help of Robb Piper, manager of the Cambria County Conservation District, also placed three turtle-basking platforms at the upper end of the dam. Swartz noted that the platforms generally attract red-bellied turtles, which often form colonies around the man-made habitats. The platforms help turtles regulate the temperature of their bodies by giving them a place to sun themselves after

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theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve eaten. From the turtlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; perspective, this has practical advantages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; protection from their predators and shells that will grow harder. Swartz added that the turtlebasking platforms also improve the habitat for certain fish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bass also like them because they provide overhead cover,â&#x20AC;? he said. A note to bass, both largemouth and smallmouth: consider again the opening memo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; beware of Greeks bearing gifts. The Cambria County Conservation District sponsors the habitat-improvement projects in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, and the Cambria Somerset Authority, which owns not only Hinckston Run, but also Wilmore Reservoir in Cambria County, and Quemahoning

Reservoir in Somerset County. The need to create artificial habitats in these dams exists because they were originally designed to provide water for industrial uses. Thus, the engineering emphasis was on their water-holding capacity, not their use as recreational fisheries. Hence, the land that was flooded to create the impoundments was clearcut, and very little natural habitat was left behind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The project is a cooperative effort to try and increase the fish population at our three main reservoirs,â&#x20AC;? said Earl Waddell, operations manager of the Cambria Somerset Authority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to improve the fisheries and increase the use of our reservoirs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a fun day out here doing this,â&#x20AC;? he concluded.


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